Kenton elementary school teachers Amy Root and Allison Kemmere and their students, Peyton Bailey, Audrey Carlson, Olivia Plaugher, Adlai Ruhlen, Brielle Ruhlen, Ben Schneider, Dawson Wallace, Steena Dudek, Anderson Latimore, Anna Manns, Gabe Purcell, Meredith Donnelly, Lucas Getz, Maggie Musser, Callie Schwemer, Weston Sherman, Ashkii Smith, Sophia Zechiel, presented their school’s "Leader in Me" presentation to the board.
Ryan and Grace Collins presented the technology report and noted that the technology website underwent a transformation providing more resources for teacher. New websites are now secure, with more security to be released soon.
Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski recognized two retirees for their service and dedication to the students of the district. Larry Adams had 39 years with the district, and Miriam Robertson for 30 years at KCS
Penczarski also recognized board members that have finished Serving on the board. Russ Blue sat on the board for 16 years. David Haushalter and Mark McCullough both clocked eight years on the board.
Penczarski noted that when she came to the district, the board wanted “...to provide the highest quality education that we can afford.”
All three outgoing members thanked the staff, students, and the public for allowing them to continue to improve the district.
Under committee business, the board passed a resolution to being exploring a plan to construct a middle and high school facility. The resolution allows for a planning and exploration year. It was made clear that there would be no funding available until 2020, which would mean a potential tax levy would be coming in November of 2019. Members noted that the elementary school site was designed with another building in mind to sit adjacent to the existing structure. Mark McCullough noted that there is existing infrastructure to support a new building.
The facilities committee noted that the business inhabiting the new bus garage location has vacated, and they are now able to continue forward on that project.
Board member Russ Blue announced the Kenton City Schools alumni Hall Of Fame that is coming to the district. Applications for distinguished and achieved alumni of the district to be inducted into the hall of fame will be open in January on the Kenton City Schools website, with inductees selected in March. Graduates must be 10 years graduated until they can be nominated.
In November, a community survey taken on random Drug testing 688 responses. The board is holding two focus group meetings to discuss the topic further. One is to be held January 22nd at 5:30 in the KMS cafeteria. The second will be held January 24th at 5:00 in the KHS cafeteria. Attendees must sign up between December 19th and January 12th online or by calling the district office. Superintendent Penczarski notes that if you are calling to sign up over the winter break, to leave your name and telephone number so you can be contacted. Penczarski also said that this registration was strictly for planning purposes.
In personnel items, the board approved the transfer of Rebecca Reed, Gary Dunahue was approved for an additional bus route, and Kevin Kapanka transferred bus routes.
Tammy Ludwig, Christa Quail, Caleb Burkey, Joseph Day, and Chad Thrush were approved as substitutes.
The board approved the resignation of Chase Barnes, Freshman Boys Basketball coach
The board hired Lance Strahm as a bus driver, Donna Martin, for an newly created cafeteria position, and Rose Pogue as a Kenton Elementary School Custodian.
The board approved maternity leave for Lindsey Oldham
The board approved motions to pay several bills and fees as well as approved various policies from around the district.
The re-organizational meeting and next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on January 15, 2018 at 7:00pm with newly elected president Mark Rush presiding.